Kennedy Lawson Smith is one of the nationâs foremost experts on commercial district revitalization and development, independent main street businesses, and economically and environmentally sound community development. In 2004, Kennedy co-founded the Community Land Use and Economics (CLUE) group, LLC, a private consulting firm that blends downtown development, land use management, and historic preservation disciplines to solve community development challenges. She has served as a consultant to towns and cities in all 50 US states, Canada, the UK, Italy, Singapore, and to organizations ranging from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization to the US Army. She is a popular speaker on retail development policy, commercial district development, and historic preservation issues and has written numerous articles on the economic dynamics of traditional business districts and is a columnist for Planning Commissionersâ Journal. Kennedy teaches preservation economics for Goucher Collegeâs graduate program in historic preservation.